Lauren Cochrane is thinking about singers and their art. Asking if we would take any notice if they wern’t already famous..
Lauren mentions the works of Pete Doherty that he made with his own blood and Paul McCartney’s expressive figurative paintings.
“Whether or not these notables would ever grace the walls of such esteemed institutions if it weren’t for their day jobs is questionable.” From the Post here..
I don’t think you can generalize too much with the issue. The paintings of some singers should be taken more seriously than others. I think the problem is that the singer probably uses painting as a relaxing sunday pursuit, and because they’re famous, their manager suggests selling them.
It’s surprising how many visual artists use music as an alternative form of expression and vise versa. I guess we all draw from the same well.
Here’s some other famous rockers and rollers that pick up the brush on Sundays..
- Marilyn Manson – Goth rocker and general weird guy.
- John Mellencamp – Little ditty about Jack and Diane.
- Joni Mitchell – Famous singer and painter.
- John Lennon – Beatles singer that liked to draw.
- David Bowie – Singer that takes his (visual) art seriously. David Bowie also played Andy Warhol in the Basquiat movie (it’s still my favorite movie about an artist).
I know there’s a lot more, but it’s late and I can’t think of anymore famous singers that paint.
Update: I added pictures and a few more famous singers who paint here.